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Map Guide: Viewing Colorado's Fall Aspens

Sep 19, 2011

UPDATED FOR 2013

The Best Places: To View Colorado's Fall Aspens

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Crystal Mill Near Crystal CO



SOUTH & WESTERN COLORADO MAPS

The San Juan Skyway:  Hwy 550 between Durango and Silverton.  map
 
Missionary Ridge on East Animas Road:  11 miles north of Durango paralleling Highway 550.  Follow east Animas Road to Henderson Lake.  map
 
Spud Lake up Old Lime Creek Road:  Take Hwy 550, 3 miles past Purgatory Ski Area, turn right on Old Lime Creek Road.  3 miles to Spud Lake.  map
 
Miller Mesa:  Just south of Ridgeway go left on County Road 5.  map

Crystal:  Glenwood Springs south to Marble. Then another 6 miles on County Rd 3 to the
Ghost Town and the Crystal Mill.  Four-wheel drive only past Marble.  map

Keebler Pass & Ohio Pass:  From Crested Butte, head west on Co Road 12 over Keebler Pass to Paonia State Park.  When traveling west on Rd 12, turn south at Co Rd 730, which will take you to Gunnison.  keebler pass  ohio pass

 

NORTHERN COLORADO MAPS

Highway 13 From Rifle:  Take Highway 13 from Rifle into Meeker and continue into Craig.  map
 
Sylvan Lake (Rifle):  Exit I-70 at Eagle, drive south thru Eagle on Main Street to West Brush Creek Road, turn right and drive 16 miles to the park.  map
 
Maroon Bells:  Go west on Hwy 82 from Aspen.  Turn southwest at Maroon Creek Road and follow the road to the parking area near Maroon Lake.  map
 
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park:  Take I-25 to Hwy 34 or 36, go west to Estes Park.  map  Note: Before you go, make sure portions of RMNP are not closed due to elk breeding season.
 
Granby, Grand Lake:  Take I-70 to Hwy 40, north to Granby, continue north on Hwy 36 to Grand Lake.  map

Cameron Pass:  Hwy 14 west of Ft Collins towards Walden.  map

 

CENTRAL COLORADO MAPS

Ute Pass, Colorado Springs:  Take I-25 south to Hwy 24, go west thru Manitou Springs and on up to Ute Pass.  map

Gold Camp Road:  Head southwest on Old Stage Road (near Broadmoor Hotel) in Colorado Springs, which will turn into Gold Camp Road.  An incredible scenic drive and a full day's adventure, round-trip, as it takes you to Victor and Cripple Creek.  It's a long drive on a dirt road traveling along an old railroad route.  Note: Many online maps are not reliable and does not illustrate entire route.  This is probably a more reliable map.

Rampart Range Rd:  Take Hwy 67 west of Sedalia to Rampart Range Road.  Follow all the way to Woodland Park.  map

 

BEST TIME TO VIEW ASPENS

In most years, the best color over the northern mountains should start around the last week of September.  Central mountains are about a week behind.  And, the Southern Mountains begin the first two weeks of October.  During 2012, however, we've had such a hot summar that the leaves are expected to peak about 1 week earlier than desribed in the image below.  Take some time off to have a relaxing drive in the high country!


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IMAGES OF COLORADO'S COLORFUL ASPEN SCENERY

GOLDEN CANOPY IN ARAPAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

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A TYPICAL COLORADO FOREST

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CLEAR CREEK CO, ARAPAHOE NATIONAL FOREST

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FLAMING ASPEN GROVE AT PEAK VIEWING SEASON

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VIEWS OF THE SAN JUAN RANGE

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ASPEN STAND NEAR MT. SNEFFELS

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